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My Mean Magpie

The goal has shifted since the inception of My Mean Magpie way back in December of 1995. Originally started as a cassette label to self-release the recordings of Meowch, Toys for Elliot and Georgia, over the years the label has evolved slowly to it's current state.



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My Mean Magpie
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It was 1985 when a small cassette label began in the classrooms of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. As of March 2002, TeenBeat's discography had grown to include over 300 items, including 7" records, CDs, posters, t-shirts and unavailable items and events as diverse and absurd as bricks, houses, injuries, and a Zenith Solid State Stereo. On June 7th 1998, the TeenBeat Mailing List wa started has grown to its modest, but faithful, membership over just over 200 members. It was...
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Topics: Various Artists, Indie-Pop
On February 23rd, 2005, 20 years will have passed for the recording label that began in "Mr. Vandelly's Government class" at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA. Of the 200 plus members of the Teenbeat Mailing List, started on June 7th, 1998, very few of us were there at the beginning and each of us has our own story of how the music of the label has made itself part of our lives. Some of us have paid tribute to the Teenbeat label before with contributions to Amateurs on Plastic: a...
Topics: Indie, Various Artists
My Mean Magpie
by Toys for Elliot
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ARCHIVAL RELEASE. For recent recordings, check out these other My Mean Magpie Releases . This recording, and artwork has been placed online for archival purposes only. All songs appeared with different (and slightly better) mixes on Toys for Elliot's The National Tapes (MMM018). Please download The National Tapes prior to downloading this.
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Topics: lo-fi amateur pop, indie-pop
My Mean Magpie
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A series of audio recording created in May 2004. Not your average new age audio, conversation creeps in, cars, and the occasional microphone muffle. Listen fir recordings of Greenfinches, Southern Black-backed Gulls and Silvereyes. Even a kiwi (in captivity) makes an appearance. The kiwi made a previous appearance in Nora Drenaline's "Fragments of Fear" (found on Relax, Brother Relax mmm024)
Topics: New Zealand, Atmosphere, Birdcalls
My Mean Magpie
by Lake Holiday
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Containing two of the first songs brought to the band by ex-Oval-Teen frontman Bradley Davis, this EP signaled an entirely different direction for ex-Oval-Teen frontman Brad Davis who was letting a few of his softer and twang-ier influences show through while also moving away from the 4-track aesthetic. This EP is the first in the as yet unfinished "Summer EPs" series. The second EP is available here . Visit Lake Holiday's website . Also, check out these other fine My Mean Magpie...
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Topics: Pop, dream pop, Indie-Pop
Source: Recorded at The Resort with additional recording done elsewhere on the Debris Mobile Unit.
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The Tidbits were made up of the brother and sister duo of Nancy and James Ogilvie. Hailing from the small town of Erin, Ontario. In 1993, they began making music together and playing shows as the Tidbits of Geldwen, taking their name from a building company logo which adorned a trucker-cap worn by James at each of their shows. In 1994, the duo self-released their first and only cassette: a six-song demo recorded with Rob McLean at the University of Guelph. I picked up the cassette from one of...
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Topics: Lo-Fi, Singer-Songwriter, Indie-Pop
My Mean Magpie
by Toys for Elliot
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ARCHIVAL RELEASE. For recent recordings, check out these other My Mean Magpie Releases . About Toys for Elliot: The Toys for Elliot cassette was the very first release issued on My Mean Magpie (then called My Mean Mustard) with six songs in May of 1995. Consisting of Kymberly Drake and Five Seventeen, Kym was an accomplished self-taught pianist and Five was still figuring his way around a fretboard. From 1994-1995, they would get together whenever they could and try to come up with a few songs....
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Topics: Pop-Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Indie-Pop, Folk
My Mean Magpie
by My Mean Magpie Recordings
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ARCHIVAL RELEASE. For recent recordings, check out these other My Mean Magpie Releases . A compilation of artists from the My Mean Magpie label and associated friends with unusual liner notes by the mysterious Mista GO-rilla. Eight exclusive songs, three exclusive mixes and six songs from the My Mean Magpie catalogue from such artists as Jack Breakfast, Oval-Teen, Wendal, The Linger Effect and many more. Of this recording Exclaim Magazine said that Peeler is "an incredibly charming...
Topics: Pop, Various Artists, Indie-Pop, Lo-Fi
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Power Craig makes the quiet return for Illinois recluse Jonas Crenshaw. Jonas Crenshaw's Colossal Failure was a brilliant endeavour, but Jonas' fear of success all but buried the album. During a short hospital stay, he met Sam Gwin , a soundtrack writer for non-existent films. For two years Jonas and Sam would meet and record sketches of songs, single parts, harmonies and random moments. Sam would piece these moments together, and add his own parts. The end result is remarkably beautiful.
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Topic: Country, Experimental
My Mean Magpie
by Oval-Teen
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Early in 2001 a double CD was compiled containing all the best cassette, and limited release tracks from Yorkville, Ils Oval-teen. All tracks were remixed from the original 4-track and 8-track cassettes and carefully edited as "Yorkville, IL." After the final tracks were sent to Bi-Fi records, a third "ghost disc" collecting 10 tracks that didnt make it (or werent found) was completed. Not to worry Indiepages.com says, "Oval-Teen's leftovers are still pure gold,"...
Topic: Indie-Pop
My Mean Magpie
by Georgia
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This CD compiles the original Nothing New release from Toronto duo Georgia issued in 2000 and adds 4 tracks (2 previously unreleased). From the lesser-known Sesame Street cover, "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" (originally performed by Ernie) to the ethereal "Highway Soul (Miracle Mix)" the album brings in outside talents of Wendal's Jef McLarnon and Oval-Teen's Brad Davis to reach levels far beyond their scrappy debut cassette released three years prior. Also, check out...
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Topics: lo-fi amateur pop, indie-pop
My Mean Magpie
by Kymberly Drake
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There's 325 tracks, so the tagging will take a while...
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The 25¢ Soul Project. Originally called "I Soul My Soul for a Quarter and Now I Want It Back", the Project was a labour of lumbago for the duo Georgia. The idea was to take others half-finished 4-track songs, add a few tracks of our own, mix it and package it up. Posting messages to message boards, and including small flyers with our mail, the first submission (from Caught in Fluz 'zinester Mike Applestein) rolled in somewhere in January of 1998 and the rest slowly trickled in. From...
Topic: Indie-Pop, experimental
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1999's Always Sick, a split release by The Felicity Syndrome and The Linger Effect was meant to be the start of a series of experimental cassettes to be launched on a side label called Tape-Gun cassettes. However, the bands submitted tracks that were more great than experimental and the music was released under My Mean Magpie. The 30-minute cassette was originally packaged in hand-made cases that were both elaborate and painstaking - with rivets, string, fabric and French paper. 13 of the...
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Topic: Indie
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Originally released as a gift for the Christmas of 2000, this recording was issued on a buisiness card sized CDR. 5MP was the side project of Five Seventeen who was involved experimenting with sounds outside of the more traditional Toys for Elliot and prior to his involvement with Georgia. This release was his last use of the name 5MP Â excepting a cover version of "Teenbeat Theme" for the Amateurs on Plastic compilation (see MMM016 ) under the name The Remains of 5MP Â before Five...
Topics: Indie-Pop, indie-pop, Experimental
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This is music for crisp autumn nights in foreign cities or a foreign part of one very familiar. This is music for smoking too many cigarettes. This is music for the beginning of an affair. This is music for the end of an affair. This is music for an affair which never happens. I Hope You Die First collects music recorded by The Linger Effect between 2003 and 2006. The majority of these songs were recorded as part of Douglas Wolk's NaSoAlMo contest in 2005 and 2006. "Cedar" and "A...
My Mean Magpie
by 5MP
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ARCHIVAL RELEASE. For recent recordings, check out these other My Mean Magpie Releases . Originally issued in 1997 as the Sissy Factor Cassette (MMM005), this release was re-mastered with five bonus tracks for re-issue in 1997 on CDR. 5MP, was the side project of Five Seventeen who was involved experimenting with sounds outside of the more traditional Toys for Elliot and prior to his involvement with Georgia. Many evenings were spent fiddling with the 4-track, answering machine tape loops,...
Topics: Indie-Pop, Noise
My Mean Magpie
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Mike Richard was born in Santa Ana, CA, in 1967. He is an Image-Music-Text-Theater Re-Writer, independent researcher, and undisciplined theorist. His compositions at CalArts ("text-scores"), studying with Michael Pisaro , enable other performers to create a "secondary symbolic network," formations of collectives, or "sociological constellations." This socio-political factory scenario is an "undisciplined" experiment that examines the unrepresentational...
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Topics: music and literature, Text-Sound Composition, classical experimental, Classical
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Originally released in November 2002 in a limited CDR run of 50 copies. 19 copies went to the band, 4 to the hosts and the remaining 27 were given away to listeners of Wired for Sound during the 2002 annual fundraising effort for Ryerson University's CKLN 88.1 FM. Wired for Sound showcases live music playing in and around Toronto. Highlights of many of the shows were captured both at the station and in the clubs. Among them, Gentleman Reg, Lake Holiday, Imperial Teen, The Hidden Cameras, Royal...
Topic: Live
My Mean Magpie
by My Mean Magpie Recordings
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The first cassette from Toronto-based duo Georgia. Sounds like a half-assed His Name Is Alive or Secret Stars. Oh Yeah.
Topics: indie pop, lo-fi
My Mean Magpie
by Kent Burt
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Newfoundland's Kent Burt makes his triumphant return to My Mean Magpie with the release of his first set of recordings in three years! Kent Burt wouldn't deny the label of "New Wave" that is so easily attached to his music. Uninterested in exploring the political rhetoric or machimo he associated with the early 90's "punk scene" -- unrelated to punk as he understood it (Wire, Gang Of Four, the Fall) -- Kent settled into writing pop songs. If not apparent by the end of the...
Topic: New Wave
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In the year 1999, Bradley Davis brought his 4-track over to the house of Five Seventeen and plugged it in to his computer. Armed with two boxes of unlabelled 4-track cassettes, Brad and Five began to play each tape one-by-one and began labelling. It was a long process as the nights progressed into weeks, then months. The goal was to create a CDR of unreleased or out of print tracks from cassettes and release it on My Mean Magpie. At some point, however, an offer came in from Bi-Fi Records in...
Topic: indie-pop
My Mean Magpie
by Jef McLarnon
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Originally scheduled for release in 2001, Jef McLarnon (joined on this record by drummer John McCann) sat on the artwork. Earlier this year, after a four year wait, Jef finally turned over some images. The track list, originally 10 songs, was expanded to include a few songs held back for a second release. Jef has contributed his playing talents to several recordings including Georgia's Nothing New . Jef now plays and writes for the Celtic pub band Quagmyre .
Topic: pop-rock
My Mean Magpie
by M*****
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For recent recordings, check out these other My Mean Magpie Releases . The first release that carried the "Magpie" imprint. Deleted at the request of the artist.
Topics: Indie, Lo-Fi, grrrl, Indie-Pop